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12 Week LeanBody challenge: complete! Overview Part02 – Ready, Set… GO ! ! !

I’m the kind of person that likes to prepare somewhat before making a commitment. The way that I like to research is by looking around at different options and comparing what’s on offer. By doing that, I start to get a bit of a feel for which one might work for me.

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There’s a certain level of research that I get to and then it’s time to make a start.

Before preparing for this fitness challenge, I checked out different workout plans that were on the website, BodyBuilding.com.
There’s a feature that lets you define your goals and it suggests the different plans available on the site – all are free!

The options are muscle building or weight loss and one that caught my eye was a 12 Week Daily Trainer With Kris Gethin!

Slowly, I went through every single page; nutrition plans, supplementation, and then I watched every single workout plan (different each day).
One huge benefit of this particular training program is that Kris Gethin goes through the training with you.
The videos show his progression, yet, what I enjoyed about it was the tiny snippets of wisdom that come through, too.
It’s a non stop battle every day, pushing past the limits and dealing with ever changing issues that might come up.

There are days where he has to travel and carry his food with him, it shows how to cope when you are sick and your energy levels are drained.

These are all real situations that we all deal with throughout our lives.

About halfway through I decided that it wasn’t the trainer for me…yet. Not a complete loss though, there was plenty to take away from the videos.

I then compared that trainer to some of the other options and eventually decided to do (link)  Lee Labrada’s 12-Week Lean Body Daily Trainer.

Recording results

One of the greatest tools that I used that helped me in the beginning was a workout journal. I picked one up online and I’m sure you could find one, too.

I decided that Monday was going to be my start day and that at the start of every week I would record all my body measurements.
Taking photographs each week is another good way to track results.

By having these records to compare, figuring out what areas I want to improve and making adjustments to a workout is a lot easier.

I made myself familiar with the workout beforehand, and would enter it in to an app called iFitness.
Then I would take my phone with me to the gym and refer to the workout for the day, as well as entering the results after each set.

There are plenty of ways to record results, both in print and digital. Whichever is easiest for you, go for it!

Tracking progress

So we’re all set. We’ve got;

-Methods for recording results; workout diary, mobile apps etc.

-Workout plans; printed out sheets or mobile

-Video tutorials to show how to do the exercises correctly

At this point it’s very important to start familiarising yourself with the above.

After having everything ready it’s time to reaffirm that start day. Mine was set for a Monday, but you can do whatever the day of the week you want. Take your intial body measurements, photos, and whatever you want to record for the next 12 weeks.

Let’s GO!

The next part of this wrap is is going to be about: Reacting to road bumps, Staying on track, and approaching that ever important FINISH LINE * * *! To be continued.

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12 Week LeanBody challenge: complete! Overview Part01

A little over 12 weeks ago…

Obligatory comparison shot

Obligatory comparison shot

Well, it was actually closer to 13 weeks as I had to take a weeks break, due to some nasty food poisoning.

I set out at the start of this year like most. I told myself that I am going to continue on my path to living a healthy lifestyle, go to the gym, eat right… The usual promises.
However, this year I really wanted to see the differences.

The last week of the challenge was actually the hardest for me. (Other than the food poisoning!) I was quite fatigued and I was even finding it hard to motivate myself to go to the gym.  Which was surprising as I have built up a good routine of going to the gym 2 days, having an active rest day, then 2 days on again and so on.
Anyway, I managed to push through and finish off absolutely every single work out. All 84 days!!!

There are parts of my blog where I have missed a day or two, and a few workouts here and there. I even missed out writing up the majority of last week.
I am going to write it all up.

Before I do that though, I am going to write up my general overview of the entire challenge. As it all comes back to me, this evening.

Monday 22 Jul. 13
8.19pm

The main points that I will be going over for this entry will be divided up. Depending on the size, I might have to split it over two or three posts, too.

Pre-training / Research

When I first decided to start going to the gym again, I knew that if I was to see any sort of results, I had to do a bit of study.

I have been in and out of gyms for years now. On and off with sport, I was usually in average shape, being fit enough, but not super fit. I had always had a bit of extra belly flab, too, so I was considering losing a little weight.

The hardest part is always getting started but once you decide on something, eg: “I am going to join a gym.” Everything else starts to fall in to place.

So I joined the gym.

This time I didn’t want to go in there and do full body workouts for hours on end. I didn’t want to waste my precious time sweating away. Not only is that extremely boring, it’s pointless because it just doesn’t work.

One of the best research tools for me of course, is the internet. One resource where I spent a lot of time was on BodyBuilding.com.
I found the site very useful because it offers a range of exercise plans, with full video tutorials. They cover everything from the exercises you can do, the meals you can eat, basically it has everything that you need, for the goals that you want to achieve.

I decided that rather than being massively bulky and getting myself in to shape like some of those extremely talented and dedicated people in the Bodybuilding community, I could still learn from some of their principles, and take those to apply to my own philosophies.

Setting your own goals

Just like the research stage, it’s important that you don’t get too bogged down here.
When starting out with something fresh, I like to set myself goals that I know I can achieve, as long as I am willing to work hard for it.
The options from the workout plans that I was looking at were:

A 12 week trainer – hardcore bodybuilding
A 365 day workout plan – I’m not ready to commit to that (just yet!)
A 3 week shredding diet – f*ck that!
And a few other trimming down options.

The one I chose was the 12 week Lee Lebrada LeanBody Trainer.
My reasons for choosing this came down to sitting through and watching all of thie overview and introductory videos from this, and all the other programs.
Kris Gethin’s 12 week Trainer looks like a really good option for those looking to increase in size (something that I will consider soon). It’s also a really good series to sit through because he takes you to gym every day, so he offers pretty good advice and tips along the way. However, as I was looking to start off simple, the LeanBody program was more suited to my goals.

Basically, my knowledge of the weights and exercises inside of a gym was moderate – I know my way around.
The only problem in the past was that I never really set goals, and never gained the desired results…because I didn’t know what I wanted.

This time, I made the decision to lose some belly flab, tone up, and lay the solid foundation for building upon. By that I mean that I wanted to focus a lot more on form rather than lifting heavy weights. The main reason for this is to ease in to things a bit more.

This is about paving the way for some long term changes. I really wanted to make sure that I was not setting myself up for failure. So rather that saying “I want to gain 15kg’s of lean body mass and be benching 100 in 12 weeks and a 6 pack and run 5k’s in under 20 minutes and this and that…” – I decided to take it slow.
I set myself a goal of completing a 12 week fitness challenge. And that’s it!

 

Making a start – committing to the decision

Once I made that decision that I wanted to make some long term changes, that I wanted to ease in to it, rather than rushing in to it and potentially injuring myself which might lead to giving up.
The plan for me was simple – follow along a workout plan and continue to eat healthy and nutritious meals.
One aspect of the diet which I was sort of doing yet hadn’t made the conscious decision to, was to commit to 5 – 6 meals a day. Every day I make sure that I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a few smaller snacks every two to three hours/in between. By doing this, it really fired up my metabolism and made sure that I was in a fat burning mode.

After the decision to start a 12 week plan, of course I needed to set a start date. I’m sure the temptation is there to go out and get started right away, and that method might work for some people, but it doesn’t for me. As you can probably tell with all my harping on about research!

I knew that I had a 2 week holiday in March, and another 3 day convention coming up for work. So I decided to set my start date for early April.
Rather than sitting around and thinking about the start date, I decided that I would in fact start hitting the gym – albeit rather lightly. By building up pace slowly I was able to get my body prepped and ready for the challenge when I was ready to start.

Next post is going to be all about that important day:

 

Ready, Set GO ! ! !

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Taste Test: Rich Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe source: Nici Sweaney of Gym Eat Sleep Repeat.
All photo’s were taken by Me, Adam Cinemre!

EATMEEATMEEATMEE!!!

EATMEEATMEEATMEE!!!

Whenever I come across a recipe for a healthy version of what is supposed to be a rich and delicious treat, I am always a bit wary. These little beauties however, are packed full of healthy ingredients and they absolutely blitzed the taste test with flying colours!

To see how easy it easy to make, check out the photos I took:

Inredients

Inredients – simple!

Servings: Makes 12 cupcakes (2 would be a good snack or treat)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of mixed raw nuts – I used about 1 cup of almonds and 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/4 tspn baking powder
  • 3tbspn raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup organic dark chocolate (70% cacao or more), melted (I did this over the stove – see below)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1-2tbspn organic honey
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 3-4tbspn unsweetened almond milk (if needed)

Easy to follow instructions:

Melt the chocolate – you can do it in the microwave, I prefer to use the stove.

Start off by melting the dark chocolate - I did this on a stove, in a bowl, sitting in a pot of boiling water

Start off by melting the dark chocolate – I did this on a stove, in a bowl, sitting in a pot of boiling water

Then, after blending the nuts, add to a bowl with the rest of the dry ingredients.

Dry ingredients

Dry ingredients

This is then followed by adding the chocolate, oil, honey, and eggs.

Combine and stir

Combine and stir

After it’s combined to the right texture, split it up between the patty cakes.

Stir until a consistent batter is formed, but make sure it doesn't go doughy!

Stir until a consistent batter is formed, but make sure it doesn’t go doughy!

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After that, place in a pre-heated oven and cook for about 10 – 15 minutes.
Once they’re baked, I’m sure you won’t need any more instructions!

Voilà!

Voilà!

Click here for the original Recipe!

To find out more about Nici, check out her website, Gym Eat Sleep Repeat, or check our her Facebook or Twitter pages.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to test out more recipes from different food blogs, and I hope to get the chance to even speak with a few of these talented people in person (and even interview them for the podcast!).

-Adam.

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Week 11 Roundup: Days 73 – 77

To say that this week has been absolutely manic, that I can’t remember  a busier week aside from end of semester at uni, running around trying to get everything done…even that would be an understatement. While I am typing this late on a Sunday night, I am doing my best to hold my head up and make sure I don’t fall asleep on the keyCZiouczxklj .. . . z z z

Haar har! A Joke!
I am tired though, and as this week comes to a close I want to reiterate the importance of proper rest and hydration.
The last few days have gotten quite hot (surprisingly for London) and I made sure to drink plenty of water.
So in order to get plenty of rest, and be sure I’m at 100% to finish off strong, and record our second session of the podcast tomorrow – I am just doing a weekly wrap up of the workouts. With intentions to returning and elaborating a bit more comprehensively about the week that was. Until then…

Wednesday 10

The Workout (Back & Biceps)

  • One-arm row
  • Lat pull down
  • Barbell deadlift
  • Alternating dumbbell curl
  • Hammer curl

-AC.

Thursday 11

The Workout (Shoulders, Chest & Triceps)

  • Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Flat bench dumbbell flyes
  • Dumbbell Side Lateral raises
  • Seated barbell press
  • Triceps Pushdown
  • Lying triceps press/skull crushers

-AC.

Friday 12

Active rest day

Saturday 13

The Workout (Legs & Abs)

  • Machine leg press
  • Machine leg extension
  • Machine leg curls
  • Straight leg barbell dead lift
  • Single leg dumbbell calf raise
  • Lying bench curl
  • Crunches
  • Hanging leg raises

-AC.

Sunday 14

Then today had to be switched for tomorrows workout as I decided to go out and enjoy the sun with my girlfriend and some friends. S owe made sure to get in some fast paced walking, then the next 3 days will be spent in the gym.
So I best be off as it’s another big week ahead.

Tomorrow already is quite exciting, it marks:

-The final week of my 12 week lean body fitness challenge
-Final week of my goal to cycle 650km in 4 weeks
-Recording of session 02 of the SuperHueMen podcast!!!

I will be posting the link up on Tuesday.

-Adam.

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Week 10 Days 68 – 70: Weekly roundup

Well it certainly is getting close to the end of the fitness challenge and I am super excited! Now certainly isn’t the time to get ahead of myself and get lazy and think all the hard work is done. I must continue to maintain focus on eating right and working out. It’s more important than ever to stick to that routine.

Finish of week 10

Finish of week 10

Along the way, it’s good to make note of things that have been working so far. Analysing any sort of results, good or bad, is the best way to get feedback and validate any decisions that I made. Learning from my mistakes is something that I plan on getting better at, too.

Identifying hazards

Over the past few weeks I have been sneaking sugar back in to my diet. In the mornings when I have coffee, I add half a teaspoon of sugar and a few more times throughout the day. In the afternoons at work I occasionally go to the fridge and grab a can of fizzy drink when I’m craving something other than water.

To overcome that, this week I have set myself the task to STOP adding sugar.

When I take creatine I have a spoonful with some grape juice, which I usually keep at home. So something I want to try is having that grape juice available at work so if I do get thirsty for something other than water I can have that instead of the deadly canned fizzy drinks. Blerrgh!
As for not adding sugar to coffee, that’s going to have to come down to willpower. Because we all know that I’m not gonna kick the coffee habit any time soon!

Practicing what you suck at

Rather than spending time getting good at things I don’t enjoy, I have made the decision to improve on things that I want to be good at. Even though I might be completely sucky and have no idea where to begin.

Making a start on something is always hard, but if it’s something that I find myself mentally gravitating towards on a reguar basis, I start to take note and make the commitment.
After the initial decision to commit, it starts to become easier.

Wilpower, for example, is something that everyone has, but might not be good at. When it comes to sticking to a health and fitness plan, and people say, “you just need willpower”, that’s not a very empowering statement.

Where can I get willpower!?
I can’t just, go to the cornershop and buy some! It’s something that is inside each of us, and like any skill, it takes practice to get good at it.

This isn’t a quick tip, fix-all solution. It’s a commitment to myself. It’s a declaration of something that I want to improve upon every day.

If today I am a little better than I was yesterday, that’s great!

If I slipped up and the wheels came off a bit, even better!!!

Mistakes are…good!?

You’re damn right they’re good! Stuffing up is better than succeeding in some instances – as long as you learn from the mistakes that you make.

Mistakes are necescarry for progress.
If you’re making mistakes it means that you are trying.

Another area that I need to work on is patience.

Learning is about having the patience, too. As with any new skill, it takes time to master. Having the patience and commitment is going to help with progress.

Today when I went to the gym with my girlfriend to try and assist her.
I was quick to get frustrated when it looked to me that she might not be holding the weights correctly, or if I thought she wasn’t pushing hard enough.
My girlfriend isn’t the problem.
I was the one with the problem.

If I want to help people I want to be able to address their problems in a way that doesn’t hurt their feelings.

Compassionate Criticism

Rather than launching in to a barrage of insults, and saying “you’re doing it wrong”, or “you need to do it like this”, when giving instructions I want to try this out;

Start by showing the other person what they need to do.

Get them to try it and if possible, do it alongside with them too.

Show them one more time how I do it.

Get them to try it on their own – observe and assist.

We are going to continue going to the gym together for the next weeks so it will give me the chance to work on my coaching skills.

Thankyou for reading, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

-AC.

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Week 10 Day 67: Legs & Abs

I’m writing this post just before I head out to a gig in the city. Pretty excited – I’m going to see Flume, an awesome DJ from Sydney, Australia. Check out this tune, I love it!

I knew tonight’s plans would mean that I wouldn’t have time for the gym, so I made time and went during my lunch break.
Legs and abs usually require a bit more time to rest between sets because of the muscle volume, I find it takes about 90 seconds to 2 minutes to catch my breath. As opposed to upper body workouts where I usually only need about 30 – 45 second breaks.
Knowing that I’d need that bit of extra time, I grouped my workouts in to super sets to try and smash it out quicker.
The end result; a sweaty mess and wobbly legs!
Luckily I had that extra time to cool down afterwards before showering and heading back to work.

The Workout (Legs & Abs)

  • Machine leg press
  • Machine leg extension
  • Machine leg curls
  • Straight leg barbell dead lift
  • Single leg dumbbell calf raise
  • Lying bench curl
  • Crunches
  • Hanging leg raises

-Adam.

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Week 10 Day 66: Active rest day and thoughts about starting a podcast

Screw it. Let’s do it! – Richard Branson

So after having a few chats with a mate, we have decided that we’re going to launch a podcast next month! I pushed for next month because I think we may as well get started and see how it goes.

The truth is, the more that I listen to podcasts, the more time I spend thinking about actually doing one. To be perfectly honest, I’m thinking about it A LOT.

This 12 week fitness challenge that I’m currently doing is coming to an end. It’s got me thinking about what I should do next.

Sunday 21 July is the scheduled end date for this 12 week Lean Body Challenge.
I’m definitely going to move on to another 12 week program, I’m just not sure which one yet.

If anyone has some suggestions about workout plans, I would love to hear from you!

Also, if I was to do a podcast on fitness, what would you like to hear about?

Today’s active rest day was spent cycling to and from work. I also found out today that we are moving offices, so instead of a 13km ride to work, it’s going to be a bit over 19km’s. So it will be interesting to see how my body reacts to all of that extra cardio.

Anywho, thank you very much for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment below.

-Adam.

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Week 10: Days 64 – 65

Monday was the first time that the workouts have reset to be the same breakdown as day one, that it’ll be Back & Bi’s, Shoulders, Chest, & Tri’s, followed by an active rest day and then a legs & abs day. Setting up then following through with that routine has been one of the factors to creating a successful habit. Also, the use of a workout journal has helped keep me on track. So that when I know what workouts are planned for which days, it makes it easier to plan activities throughout the week as well as meal preperation. Another big key to success.

As mentioned yesterday, I have been thinking a lot about doing a podcast with a friend. I’ve been listening to quite a lot, too.
So that has been taking up some of my spare time while I am still focussing on my fitness, I think I’m going to have to make sure I do continue doing daily entries becasue at the moment I’m feeling slightly behind.

Regardless, I hope that in the coming weeks i’ll have some exciting news!

-Adam.

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Weekly update on cycling goal

Just a quick post, following up from last week when I set a goal to cycle 650km in 4 weeks.

Over the last week I’ve clocked up 245km’s, which is just under 40% – I think I might have to readjust the total.

Week 2 of cycle goal

Week 2 of cycle goal

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Rounding up week 09 Days 59 – 63

So these posts are a bit delayed, I apologise. It has been a busy week (insert excuses), and I still managed to stick to my routine.

#inspiration

The more that I stick to my workouts, the less I have to make a conscious effort to go to the gym, and it’s more automated, like it has become a habit. Well, it feels like more than a habit, it’s more similar to an addiction!

As I feel my fitness improving, I want to keep adding to it.

Also, on a sidenote, a friend and I have recently been thinking about starting a podcast so stay tuned for updates on that!

The remainder of week 9 I was sure to continue along with my scheduled workout plan. I kept along the same workout guidelines, starting off with 12 reps lifting the heavier weight, after about a 45 second break I then drop the weight and do another 12 reps. 2 sets for each exercise, and then move on.
By doing this I am trying to trick my body in to thinking that it’s lifting the same weight, with more ease (and in turn, I’m hoping that’ll lead to growth!). Furthermore, it cuts down my workout times to about 30 minutes, meaning that I’m not so rushed when I visit the gym during my lunch break.

Some days, I have been getting up a bit earlier to hit the weights before work. The only way that I’ve found to get the most out of earlier starts is to get to bed earlier the night before. Getting a good nights rest before an early start is essential. It might not feel like you’re too tired on the day, but I find that it does catch up with you later in the week. And that fatigue could be demotivating. Something we want to avoid!

Work in progress

On that note, it’s time that I hit the hay, and I’m planning to put up the workouts for the rest of this week at a later stage.

-AC.

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